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By Charles L. Crow

ISBN-10: 0470671874

ISBN-13: 9780470671870

ISBN-10: 1118608437

ISBN-13: 9781118608432

A better half to American Gothic encompasses a number of unique essays that discover America’s gothic literary tradition.

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The Power of Blackness (1958) by Harry Levin, which takes its title from Melville’s 1850 phrase for Hawthorne’s most distinctive revelation for American literature (Levin 1958: 26), counters Matthiessen by asserting that “the affinity between the American psyche and the Gothic Romance” (20) is rooted Old Historically in a “union of opposites” basic to “the American outlook” (xi) in which there are “hesitations between tradition and modernity” (241) because the “New World” (4) is haunted by Old-World Original Sins, among them the “institution of slavery” (34).

One example is in Redefining the American Gothic by Louis Gross, in which older and newer Gothic texts and films are paired with each other to reveal “alternative vision[s] of the American experience” appropriate to each era, retorts to those discourses that have avoided the deepest-seated “social, sexual, and political projections” of American thought (Gross 1989: 2). The revival of the American Gothic’s importance because of psychoanalysis and Marxism, however, continues as it does, in part, because these theoretical schemes have been forcefully challenged by, then often combined with, other types of theory that have asserted themselves, mainly after 1965.

Theory and Study of the American Gothic 13 Still, Gothic America and the ongoing explosion of American Gothic studies in its wake have also gone well beyond New Historicist intertextuality. Especially in the ways Goddu grants renewed importance to the history of slavery as the most “abjecting” of the tangled discourses that are woven into the Gothic, her kind of work, like its many successors, turns towards an Americanized version of “cultural studies” that strives to carry out – by pulling together many theories – the work of the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, England, from which this mix of theory and social research still takes its name.

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